I have a limited perspective of this topic. That is, I have only been in Hartwell for nearly two years. So if this statement is controversial, I apologize. I am not certain we do enough to honor our indigenous heritage. The Cherokee Nation considered Hartwell Georgia the Center of the World. Yes, there is a historic marker, but it is barely visible as you fly down Highway 29. I think there used to be a store of some sort, but it has closed. I believe there is great opportunity to celebrate diversity and inclusion in our community by supporting The Cherokee. I wonder why we don’t? This is something that has been puzzling me for a few months. Maybe I’m wrong and I am just missing something. Cut scene to this year’s Hello Hart Magazine published by The Hartwell Sun. They have a wonderful full page history lesson of The Cherokee, how they interacted with Nancy Hart (the Cherokee called her Wahatchee or War Woman), how Cateechee entered our lexicon, and a description of the trading that took place here at the Center of the World. Personally I am going to do more to recognize our native tribe and the hardships they faced as they were pushed off their lands into Oklahoma. In my professional capacity, I want to organize a Center of the World event. I do not know what that would like yet, but I do know I am going to reach out to the Cherokee Nation for their input and blessing. We as Americans often get bogged down in the quagmire of blame in some of the troubled parts of our history. The Trail of Tears is certainly one of those black marks in our history. Celebrating The Cherokee Nation as an important contributor to our community’s history is a way to overcome some of this troubled past. I take pride in living in the Center of the World, I hope you do to.